Topology Optimization Software

Create structures with minimal mass and maximal stiffness.

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Topology optimization is a technology for developing optimized structures considering design parameters like expected loads, available design space, materials, and cost. Embedded early in the design process, it enables the creation of designs with minimal mass and maximal stiffness.

Topology Optimization Benefits

First Time Right

Create optimal designs early in the design process and significantly reduce costs associated with design failure.

Exceed Performance Targets

Maximize performance by designing parts and assemblies that can withstand all real-world conditions and loads. These designs are often stronger, lighter weight, and require less material.

Design for Manufacturability

Find the best distribution of material given an optimization goal and a set of constraints designed for traditional or advanced manufacturing.

Topology Optimization for Any Manufacturing Method

Altair’s industry leading topology optimization tools include shape optimization that focuses on multiple manufacturing processes. These topology optimization tools are built to consider and adhere to the rules and specs of multiple different manufacturing methods. Some of these rules include: symmetry patterns, draw direction, cavity avoidance, overhand angles, and more.

3D Printing
Plastic Injection Molding
Welded Sheet Metal Structures

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Topology Optimization Technologies

Altair Inspire Platform

Altair Inspire Platform

The most powerful and easy-to-use generative design/topology optimization and rapid simulation solution for design engineers.

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Altair Optistruct

Altair Optistruct

The industry-leading and most widely used solution for structural design and optimization.

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Topology Optimization Experts

Jeff Brennan

Jeff Brennan

Chief Product Officer

Jeffrey M. Brennan, a veteran Altair executive who joined the company in 1992, is currently the Chief Product Officer for Altair 365, the cloud software and service portal for Altair.

Mr. Brennan was responsible for the creation of Altair OptiStruct, the first commercial structural optimization software for lightweight design based on biomimicry principles. Mr. Brennan held a variety of roles at Altair in consulting, software product management, sales and marketing, and business development.

Dr. Uwe Schramm

Dr. Uwe Schramm

Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Uwe Schramm is the chief technical officer for Altair's solvers, optimization and smart multi-physics solutions and strategy. Beyond developing computational engines for speed and accuracy to solve today's most complex engineering problems, his organization is committed to developing and deeply embedding optimization technology throughout Altair's software portfolio to spur innovation and to drive the design process.

Ming Zhou

Ming Zhou

Chief Optimization Technologist

Dr. Ming Zhou joined Altair in 1998, and has been carrying the role of chief optimization technologist at Altair ever since. Ming has published over 100 research papers on peer reviewed journals and at conferences, which have received over 4000 citations to date. He was among the original authors of the SIMP method for topology optimization, and his latest contributions include the patented fail-safe topology approach. His roles in the research community include Co-Editor of the journal 'Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization', VP of ISSMO (international society of structural and multidisciplinary optimization).

Learn More about Topology Optimization

Real-World Applications of Generative Design

Using Topology Optimization to Create Manufacturable Product Designs Generative design is one of the hottest buzzwords in the product development world. You've seen the organic structures and promises of material reduction and cost savings, but how and when do you apply these principals to your design process, and how to you ensure that those designs can actually be manufactured? Find out how manufacturers like American Axle are leveraging generative design to improve real-world, in-service products using both traditional and advanced manufacturing processes.


eBook: Practical Aspects of Structural Optimization

This study guide aims to provide a basic introduction in the different optimization methods. Designed for users who are interested to learn more about the “inspiring” world of optimization.


Five Common Mistakes made Running Topology Optimization

Topology optimization is an approach that optimizes the material distribution within a given design space, for a given set of loads and boundary conditions, to meet a set of performance targets. Using topology optimization at a concept level can help you achieve the best performing design while saving time by replacing costly design iterations.


Generative Design and Topology Optimization Report

This special report by covers two of the most talked-about trends in the product design community today: Generative Design and Topology Optimization. These simulation techniques allow customers to design lightweight and performative parts using a simulation-driven design approach.

Technical Papers, Use Cases

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